Places To Visit In Kumbakonam

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Here are the top 25 tourist attractions to see in Kumbakonam:

1. Adi Kumbeshwara Temple

Must visit 3.5 /5

50 km
from city center
1 out of 25
places to visit in Kumbakonam

Believed to have been constructed in the 7th century A.D by the Cholas, Adi Kumbeshwara Temple is one of the grandest and the oldest Shiva temple in the town.

2. Nageswaran Temple

Must visit 3.4 /5

0 km
from city center
2 out of 25
places to visit in Kumbakonam

Constructed as a chariot, the Nageswaran temple is an important Shaivite temple. A piece of genius Chola architecture, it is an important Shaivite temple.

3. Shopping in Kumbakonam

3.0 /5

0 km
from city center
3 out of 25
places to visit in Kumbakonam

Kumbakonam is a great place for all the shoppers out there. A major center of the silk industry and metal works. Kumbakonam, is a great place to buy some exquisite silk products especially sarees.

4. Mahamaham Tank

3.1 /5

1 km
from city center
4 out of 25
places to visit in Kumbakonam

Located in the center of the town, the Mahamaham Tank is a place of great reverence and religious importance for the people of South India.

5. Sarangapani Temple

3.1 /5

1 km
from city center
5 out of 25
places to visit in Kumbakonam

One of the three major shrines of Lord Vishnu and one of the Divya Desams, the Sarangapani temple is a giant temple with twelve storey high tower was constructed in its present form by the Nayak Kings in the 15th century.

6. Airavatesvara Temple

4 km
from city center
6 out of 25
places to visit in Kumbakonam

Located in the town of Darasuram near Kumbakonam in Tamil Nadu, Airavatesvara Temple is a revered Hindu temple and a UNESCO world heritage site. Part of the popular trio known as the Great Living Chola Temple.

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7. Kashi Viswanath Temple

3.1 /5

21 km
from city center
7 out of 25
places to visit in Kumbakonam

Kashi Viswanath Temple is an important temple and is linked with the origins of the Mahamaham Festival. The temple another beautiful representation of Chola architecture is known to house the deities of all the river goddesses in Hindu mythology.

8. Swaminathaswamy Temple, Swamimalai

7 km
from city center
8 out of 25
places to visit in Kumbakonam

Perched atop a hill in the Swamimalai district of Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu, Swaminathaswamy Temple is enshrined by Murugan, son of the Hindu God Lord Shiva who is also known as Swaminathaswamy.

9. Uppiliappan Temple

5 km
from city center
9 out of 25
places to visit in Kumbakonam

Located in the village of Thirunageswaram, near Kozhikode, Uppiliappan Temple is a revered Hindu temple. Also known as Thiruvinnagar of Venkatachalapathy Temple, the temple enshrine Lord Vishnu and constructed in the Dravidian style of architecture.

10. Thenupuriswarar Temple

6 km
from city center
10 out of 25
places to visit in Kumbakonam

Located in the holy village of Patteeswaram in Kumbakonam, Thenupuriswarar Temple is a revered Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva. Believed to have been built during the reign of the Cholas, the current standing structure was completed by the Nayaks in the 16th century.

11. Suryanar Koil Temple

12 km
from city center
11 out of 25
places to visit in Kumbakonam

Located in the tiny village of Suryanar Koil near the town of Kumbakonam in Tamil Nadu, Suryanar Koil Temple (also known as Sri Suryanar Temple) is dedicated to the Hindu Sun God. Presided by Suriyanar, the Sun and its consorts- Ushadevi and Pratyusha Devi, the temple also houses the planetary deities.

12. Mahalingeswarar Temple

8 km
from city center
12 out of 25
places to visit in Kumbakonam

Located in the district of Tiruvidaimaruthur in Tamil Nadu, Mahalingeswarar Temple (also known as Thiruvidaimarudur Temple) is a highly revered temple by the Hindu sect of Savism. Enshrined by the Hindu God Shiva colloquially known as Mahalingeswararswamy, the presiding deity is represented by his lingam known and the venerated idol is known as Jothimayalingam.

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13. Kampaheswarar Temple

0 km
from city center
13 out of 25
places to visit in Kumbakonam

Located in the town of Thirubuvanam, 9 kms from Kumbakonam in Tamil Nadu, Kampaheswarar Temple (also known as Sarabeswarar Temple) is an age-old Shaivite temple flocked by devotees from all across the world all through the year. The temple is enshrined by Lord Shiva, worshipped in the form of a Shiva Linga.

14. Kanjanur Sukran Temple

15 km
from city center
14 out of 25
places to visit in Kumbakonam

Located in the village of Kanjanur, 18 kms from the city of Kumbakonam, Kanjanur Sukran Temple (also known as Agneeswarar Temple) is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Sukra (celestial deity- Venus). However, the presiding deity of the shrine is Lord Shiva in the form of Agniswarar.

15. Brahma Temple

2 km
from city center
15 out of 25
places to visit in Kumbakonam

Located in the Thanjavur district of Kumbakonam in Tamil Nadu, Brahma Temple is a Hindu Temple mainly dedicated to Lord Vishnu colloquially known as Vedanarayanaperumal. His consort- Goddess Lakshmi enshrines the chamber next to the presiding deity, and she is known as Vedavalli. Lord Brahma occupies the shrine adjacent to the sanctum sanctorum on the right.

16. Chakrapani Temple

2 km
from city center
16 out of 25
places to visit in Kumbakonam

Chakrapani Temple is a revered Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu (locally known as Chakrapani) located in the Kumbakonam city of Tamil Nadu. One of the most prominent temples in the area, the shrine has a magnificent idol of Lord Vishnu with his chakra (discus) to bring down the pride of Surya- the Sun God, who subsequently became his devotee.

17. Kalyanasundaresar Temple

0 km
from city center
17 out of 25
places to visit in Kumbakonam

Located in Nallur (also called Thirunallur) on the outskirts of Kumbakonam city, Kalyanasundaresar Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The lingam of Lord Shiva enshrines the temple and is known as Kalyanasundaresar and his consort Goddess Parvathy is portrayed as Girisundari. Like the other Saivite temples in the area, this is also revered in the Tamil canonical work- Tevaram.

18. Someswarar Temple

1 km
from city center
18 out of 25
places to visit in Kumbakonam

Located at a distance of 6 kms away from the town of Kumbakonam, Someswarar Temple is a revered Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Also known as Pazhayarai Someswarar Temple or Keezh Pazhayarai Vadathali, the temple is believed to have been built during the Chola Period sometime between the 8th and the 9th century.

19. Ayyavadi Pratyangira Devi Temple

5 km
from city center
19 out of 25
places to visit in Kumbakonam

Located 6 kms from Kumbakonam, in the village of Ayyavadi, the famous Pratyangira Devi Temple is enshrined by Goddess Pratyangira - an incarnation of Goddess Kali. Believed to be at least a 1000 years old, the shrine is related to the times of the Mahabharata.

20. Thirunageswaram Temple

5 km
from city center
20 out of 25
places to visit in Kumbakonam

Situated in the village of Thirunageswaram, on the outskirts of Kumbakonam in Tamil Nadu, Thirunageswaram Temple (also known as Rahu Temple) is an ancient Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Revered by the Shiva bhakts, the temple is also associated with the nine planets- Navagraha Sthalam especially Rahu.

21. Varahaperumal Temple

2 km
from city center
21 out of 25
places to visit in Kumbakonam

Located at Thanjavur district in Kumbakonam, Varahaperumal Temple is a revered Hindu temple dedicated to God Vishnu. Situated just behind the Chakrapani temple, the shrine dates back to the Varaha Avatar period and hence is called Varahaperumal.

22. Sri Vittal Rukmini Samsthan

10 km
from city center
22 out of 25
places to visit in Kumbakonam

Constructed in Govindapuram on the Kumbakonam- Aduthurai highway, Sri Vittal Rukmini Samsthan is (formerly known as Sri Panduranga Bhajanashram) is a massive temple located on the highway amidst rural atmosphere. Established in 1998 by Brahmashri Vittaldas Jayakrishna Deekshithar, the shrine resonates with peace and tranquility.

23. Tiruvidaimarudur Conservation Reserve

8 km
from city center
23 out of 25
places to visit in Kumbakonam

Located in the Tiruppadaimarathur village in Tirunelveli district near Kumbakonam, Tiruvidaimarudur Conservation Reserve is an IUCN Category 5 protected bird nesting region. Sprawling over a vast 2.84 hectares, the reserve is established within the Shiva temple compound and was declared as the first conservation reserve of the country on 14th of February, 2005.

24. Ramaswamy Temple

2 km
from city center
24 out of 25
places to visit in Kumbakonam

Ramaswamy Temple in Kumbakonam, Thanjavur is one of the few temples dedicated to one of Vishnu's ten avatars, Lord Rama, where he sits in the sanctum in the coronation posture, with his family around him. This depicts the last scene of the epic Ramayana as we have always known.

25. Banapuriswarar Temple

1 km
from city center
25 out of 25
places to visit in Kumbakonam

The Banapuriswarar Temple in Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu is dedicated to the worship of Lord Shiva. The Mahamaham festival that occurs every 12 years, and is celebrated in 12 temples in this region, is celebrated here. It is believed that it was here that Shiva aimed at the pot of 'Amrita' or Divine Nectar with his bow and arrow. Upon breaking the pot, the nectar is said to have spread over a span of 10 miles touching the five famous shrines of Shiva around the region - now called the Pancha Krosa Sthalas.

FAQs on Kumbakonam

Can you suggest an itinerary for Kumbakonam?

Taking into account the number of temples in the city, it won't be feasible for the tourists to visit each one of the temples. A 2-day trip might be a suitable option for the travellers to plan their visit to Kumbakonam.

Day 1: Utilise the first day to start with a visit to Mahamaham Tank and the Airavatesvara Temple, located at a drive of 10 minutes from each other. Uppiliappan Temple, located at a drive of 20 minutes, can also be visited on this day. Next at a 17-minute drive is Adi Kumbeswarar Temple, which can be your last stop for the day.

Day 2: Utilise the second day further to explore more temples and a few more tourist attractions in the town, and also explore the local markets and shop for the local goods, which will be memorable for you the rest of your life.

What are the top restaurants in Kumbakonam?

The best places to eat in Kumbakonam are Taj Samudra, Hotel Chela, Hotel Sri Venkkatramana Residency, Sathars Restaurant, Mami Mess, Pandian Hotel. You can see all the places to eat in Kumbakonam here

What are the top sightseeing places in Kumbakonam?

The top sightseeing places in Kumbakonam are Adi Kumbeshwara Temple, Nageswaran Temple, Shopping in Kumbakonam, Mahamaham Tank, Sarangapani Temple, Airavatesvara Temple.

How can I commute within Kumbakonam?

Commuting is fairly easy in the city with many autorickshaws plying all the time. The autorickshaws can be also be hired for a full day but that will cost a little more. There are also state buses plying which can get you to different locations. Or you can hire a taxi for a full day round trip.
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